What if we told you that getting to know your co-workers, emailing a friend, or even sending a quick text message can improve your health and well-being?
Tom Rath and Jim Hartner at Gallup have discussed the ways people around the world experience well-being. The five essential elements of well-being reflect the ways health and wellness are influenced by each part of our daily lives: career, social, financial, physical, and community.
This month, social well-being is at the forefront. We’ll consider how communication and the people around us impact our well-being—and how we can make changes to enjoy all the benefits of strong relationships in the pursuit of a life well lived.
Social well-being focuses on the strength of your relationships. Essentially, it’s all about having close connections and loved ones in your life to build you up and help you grow and learn.
Consider this: Your most important and meaningful moments involve other people. Strong ties with family, friends, and even coworkers affect and enrich your experience every single day. Social well-being is centered around encouraging these positive relationships to improve your own health and wellness.
So how can you know if you have good social well-being? Having people in your life who support and encourage you is a good sign! In the next section, we’ll talk more about what social well-being looks like.
Imagine a dinner party with the people you’re closest to. Is the atmosphere intimate and positive? Encouraging? Are they happy to help you achieve your goals and be the healthiest version of yourself
People with high social well-being can easily say yes to all of these things.
Strong social well-being means having multiple close relationships that you take time to grow and deepen. This involves activities like vacationing with people you care about or making an effort to communicate often. With these actions, you’ll invest in relationships and increase the positive energy you experience.
Great connections will increase the overall positivity of your life, because the people that mean the most to you accept you for who you are, respect you, and encourage your development.
Everyone can improve their connections with friends, coworkers, and loved ones. But what are some ways to reach a higher level of social well-being?
Achieving strong social well-being is possible when you take active steps to grow and strengthen the network of people closest to you. Here are a few simple things you can do to deepen the connections you already have or find new ones to develop.
While career well-being is a different part of overall wellness, it’s hard to ignore the fact that you spend most of your days at work. Positive connections in the office can help you feel a greater sense of social well-being, and they can be a source of encouragement when it comes to reaching important career goals.
This may seem like a lot of time spent socializing, but you might be closer than you think to reaching six hours each day. Communication can include everything from chatting with your coworker to texting a friend or family member.
These conversations build and deepen your social relationships, which maintains a strong network and improves your overall social well-being.
Part of social well-being is getting motivation and encouragement from those around you. Making exercise a social activity with friends or other loved ones can not only keep you healthy and on track for your wellness goals, but it can also help you make connections with your workout partners even stronger.
Don’t have a friend to exercise with yet? Join a gym and attend a class, or become part of a club dedicated to staying healthy. You’ll meet new people and find encouragement to succeed.
While simply communicating can make a big difference in the relationships you currently have, planning activities with those closest to you is an important way to build social well-being.
Enhancing your social well-being is simple with a few easy tips and the desire to focus on to coworkers, friends, family, and other loved ones, you will see the positivity and love in your life improve. building and strengthening connections with those around you. By making the effort to get closer.
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